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How to Have a Safer Prom and Graduation Season

May 30, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

At this time of year, if you have a teenager at home, you are likely dealing with senior high school graduation and prom activities. If your teen is not graduating yet, he or she might be attending a graduation party with friends. Even at parties with adult supervision, there might be alcohol. Having teenagers drink with adult supervision does not make it legal or safer.

For prom-goers, it should be a night to look forward to and remember. However, every year car accidents are glaring reminders of the dangers of underage drinking. Here are a few tips to make it a safer prom season:

  • Many teenagers travel to the prom in a limousine – this is actually a good idea because it puts a professional behind the wheel and prevents the risk of distracted or impaired driving. The added expense is worth the peace of mind.
  • Communicate with other parents to make sure everyone knows the plans for the night – if another parent is hosting an after-party, check to see if there will be alcohol served at the party. Underage drinking is illegal in every state, and providing alcohol to minors can have serious consequences for the adults.
  • If your teen is driving to the prom, limit the number of passengers that will be in the car – Teenagers have a lot of energy on prom night, which can lead to distracted driving accidents.
  • Give your child some cash in case there is a need for a cab ride at the end of the night.

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